Japan blighted by zombie housing

Shrinking population and ‘scrap and build’ culture lead to 8m empty homes

Japan ministers resign over scandals

Analysts warn blow to PM could damage his strong public support

Abe weighs tax rise against economy

Japan’s PM says consumption levy could be ‘meaningless’

Japanese lawmakers visit Yasukuni shrine

Abe and key ministers stay away, wary of riling China and S Korea

Weak yen is no panacea but Abe needs it

Depreciation is the central bank’s most potent tool. If it falters so could the reflation experiment

Bond markets suggest we are all Japanese

Low yields have an easy explanation: declining growth and low inflation, writes Peter Tasker

Yen tensions rise between Abe and Kuroda

Japan PM sees depreciation downside but BoJ chief finds positives

Japan aims to turn robotics into profit

Government keen to treble market as companies launch care robots

McDonald’s Japan profit warning

Supplier scare to drag group into red for first time in 11 years

BoJ downgrades outlook for economy

Bank strikes bearish notes on industrial production and spending

Japan launches effort to support SMEs

Industry groups urged to allow businesses to pass through costs of falling yen

SoftBank agrees $250m Legendary deal

Japanese telecoms group takes stake in ‘Batman’ film producer

Japan’s bullet train celebrates 50 years

High-speed rail line symbol of Japan’s postwar success

Yen hits six-year low after Tankan data

Sentiment in Japan’s service sectors falls sharply

Japan corporate confidence fades

Gloom worsens among all sizes of business

IMF warns of global imbalances risk

Foreign liabilities in Spain and US continue to rise

Chinese hit the road for ‘golden week’

Trips to Hong Kong largely unaffected by the pro-democracy protests

Hopes rise of Xi-Abe meeting

Leaders reported to be considering talks at Apec forum in November

Japan’s factory output falls in August

Industrial production data disappoint but retail sales improve

Japan renewables curb could boost nuclear

Two utilities will not accept new connections from green suppliers